Logistics and Distribution Institute

LoDI is a major research center at the University of Louisville (UofL) with a specific aim to develop new models, technologies and decision support systems that will help the private and public sectors cope with the dramatic changes taking place in the logistics and distribution industry. There are several exciting changes taking place in the world of logistics and distribution that make this an opportune time to invest heavily into research in this area. LoDI will focus on the development of advanced models and algorithms to design, operate and manage the systems efficiently and effectively in light of the new realities faced by next generation logistical and distribution systems.

Overall Objectives

The Institute’s main objectives are to:

  • Develop of next generation models and algorithms to design, operate and manage logistical systems efficiently and effectively using continuously generated multivariate data.
  • Create Mathematical Models for Logistics and Distribution.
  • Design, develop and implement cyberspace network infrastructure and network security protocols to support on-demand collection and dissemination of data to authorized users.
  • Develop advanced models to mine the multidimensional data and use it for adaptive, real-time monitoring, control and decision support.
  • Explore logistics and distribution of Health Care products and services.
  • Develop linkage between supply chain orientation and portability.
  • Study the effect of logistics service on customer loyalty.
  • Develop integrated logistical and distribution systems that are inexpensive and can sustain operation in hostile environments.
  • Study the integration and synergistic advantages achieved by using information from available technologies in logistics and distribution.
  • Serve as a repository of state-of-the-art information pertaining to new technologies, their integration as well as applications.
  • Initiate development of technology roadmaps, and white papers on the subject, serve as a national think-tank, conduct benchmarking studies of alternative technologies, and pursue leading edge research in collaboration with industry on areas of mutual interest.

Core Research Facilities

The LoDI space footprint is about 3,000 sq. ft in two buildings (J.B. Speed and Jouett) and is expected to expand to 15,000 to 20,000 sq. ft by 2015 in a new building. Mathematical modeling, computer simulation and other programs developed by LoDI researchers are available for viewing in the RTDSS lab in J.B. Speed building.

Core Scientific and Technical Staff

LoDI staff include the following:

  • Director, Kevin Gue Ph.D., Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering
  • Associate Director, Dr. Thomas Riedel, Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics
  • Emily J. Burks, Senior Program Coordinator
  • Six internal advisory board members representing the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Medicine, and Public Health and Information Sciences
  • Ten External Advisory Board members representing Ann Taylor, Inc., Buddeke Industries, GE Consumer Industrial, Global Cisco Alliance, IBM Corporation, Houston-Johnson, Inc., NEMS (USA), Northern Continental Logistics, Sullivan University, UPS Supply Chain Solutions

Center Budgets and Funding

Highlights of LoDI’s budget in 2013 include:

  • Baseline budget: $0.325 M/yr from UofL
  • Active R&D grants in FY 2013: About $5 M in federal research contracts
  • Industry research/service contracts: Approx. $150K/yr
  • LoDI’s goal is to sustain $1 M/yr in research expenditures.

Outreach and Community Engagement Activities

LoDI publishes two indexes – the greater Louisville LoDI and the national LoDI index. These indexes are used by area companies as well as Bloomberg and the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis, which publishes detailed index data in their website. The institute works with area companies on projects involving logistics and distribution.

Research Productivity

On average, LoDI researchers publish about 22 articles in journals, proceedings and book chapters, including 8 articles in peer reviewed journals each year. The goal is to increase annual publications to 30 per year. Because of the nature of our products, i.e., it is mostly computer programs and software, we do not anticipate any patent filings. To date, the Institute’s research innovations have led to the formation of one company – RTDSS, LLC.

For More Information

Detailed information on LoDI’s research themes, industry partnership activities, personnel, facilities, outreach, educational workshops and conferences, and much more can be found online and via our newsletters available at http://louisville.edu/lodi. Email Emily Burks or contact her by phone at (502) 852-4848.


Visit http://uofllogistics.org for complete information about LoDI research, services and activities.